Conference Agenda

Session 19A: Workforce Development
Tuesday, 14/Sept/2021:
1:15pm - 2:45pm

Location: Room 410ABC

West Building

External Resource:
1:15pm - 2:00pm

Who is in Your Circle of Trust?

Amy Dammarell, Joslynn Hon

HDR, United States of America; ,

It is natural to seek out friends and colleagues with whom we share common interests, experiences, background, thoughts and feelings. We tend to surround ourselves with people we share “like” characteristics with. In fact, the more like us someone is, the more apt we are to trust them. What affect does this have on our ability to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace?

Approach: Through large group activities and small group discussion, participants will explore the composition of their “Circle of Trust”. These activities will allow participants to understand how who they choose for their Circle may impact diversity of thought, perspective, decision-making, hiring, and promotion within an organization.

Results: Participants will create practical action steps to form connections, add to their “Circle of Trust” and think differently about diversity.

Conclusion: Participants will build awareness of how to be more intentional to build diverse teams.

2:00pm - 2:45pm

How to be an Inclusion Champion

Amy Dammarell, Joslynn Hon

HDR, United States of America; ,

It’s the little things that mean the most. That’s true in so many ways, including our efforts towards creating inclusive cultures and workplaces. While most people rarely experience radically, aggressively prejudicial behavior, many people often experience small, seemingly tiny acts of prejudice, referred to as micro-aggressions. This can cause conflict, misunderstandings, and resentment, which impacts a team’s ability to perform and deliver results, as well as damaging relationships in and out of the workplace.

Approach: Using scenarios and small group discussion, participants will explore real-life situations and determine appropriate action whether they are the subject of the micro-aggression, the offender or and observer.

Results: Participants will create action steps and practice “conversation tools” to effectively handle some common situations and the courage to become an Inclusion Champion.

Conclusion: Participants will learn the signs of micro-aggressions and steps to counteract.